Start Christmas cards early!

Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Christmas, Greeting Cards, video | 0 comments

Some of you know that I made the decision in January to start my Christmas cards early this year and I’ve challenged myself to create at least 10 each month.  My goal is to make at least 10 Christmas cards each month, beginning in January, so that I should have at least 100 finished by October.  You can view my January card at http://www.keenankreations.com/2014/01/clean-and-simple-christmas-card.html and my February one at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtPUuYunPBI&list=UU9o_5t1Dod5Xn3rVTcLBqJg.

 

pennant xmas trees

 

For this month’s card, I knew I wanted to use the Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration!).  The Core’dinations cardstock has a lighter core in the middle so if you tear it or sand it, you’ll see the lighter color.  I had a hard time taking a photo of this card that would show the snowfall as light as it really is but it shows it better in the video:

 

Here are the supplies:

 

Stamps:  Pennant Parade, Petite Pairs

Ink:  Garden Green

Paper:  Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock (from the Subtles collection), Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories:  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Sanding Block, Lg Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Glue Dots, Silver Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

 

So why did I decide to start my Christmas cards early this year?   Mainly because I did not want a repeat of last year.  I waited till November, maybe even December, to start and was so busy with working and the usual holiday hustle and bustle that I was frantically trying to send out cards here and there when I had a spare few minutes.  That was made worse when I ran out of Christmas cards and had to make some quick.  I don’t like making Christmas cards at the last minute – that’s stressful!  I like to enjoy the process of creating and stamping a card.  I like to think about the person I’m sending the card to and imagine them enjoying the card and appreciating the little details that make the card special.  That is the vision I have for my Christmas cards this year.  By creating 10 a month, I will have time to enjoy the process.  I will have time to play around with design, color and texture.  I’ll also have time to film a video tutorial for each of the cards and some of my stamping friends will enjoy seeing how I made their Christmas card :-)  I’m already imagining my 2014 Christmas being much more relaxing this year because I will have at least 100 cards completely finished by October and I can begin addressing the envelopes and writing a heartfelt message as early as November.  Yes, I may be THAT person whose Christmas card is received on December first 😀

It’s not too late to join me – give yourself an early Christmas gift and start your Christmas cards early this year too!

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